Monday, November 30, 2009

street photographer: ALEX WEBB





"I only know how to approach a place by walking. For what does a street photographer do but walk and watch and wait and talk, and then watch and wait some more, trying to remain confident that the unexpected, the unknown, or the secret heart of the known awaits just around the corner."
"I first took photographs of this border in 1975, and rather rapidly, my work began to expand into the whole feel of the border, what is this strange world that is neither the US nor Mexico? There's a perpetual sense of transience: everyone is always trying to go to the other side, whether it's Mexicans coming north looking for work or to shop, or American tourists going south, and as everyone knows there, drugs go north, guns go south..." -Alex Webb

The United States-Mexico border is neither the United States nor Mexico; it is rather a 'third country,' 10 miles wide and 2,000 miles long, that lies in between. This borderland, split by the Rio Grande and the border fence, is a place of transience and crossings - of people and goods as well as of ideas and beliefs. Noted photojournalist Alex Webb has spent decades covering the border. In a special multimedia video renowned Magnum photographer Alex Webb showcases over 25 years of photography from this fascinating borderland region.













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